Philadelphia Residents Ready Spare Rooms, Couches for Papal Pilgrims

The 1.5 million people expected to pack into Philadelphia this fall for Pope Francis' first visit to the United States will fill the city's hotels, motels and Patricia Hughey's spare rooms.
Hughey and her husband are among the more than 1,000 Philadelphia-area households who have signed up to host visitors attending a September summit on families organized by the Roman Catholic church, which will come at the start of the week of Francis' visit to the United States.
The Pope's visit to the "City of Brotherly Love," which will cap a week in which he speaks to the U.S. Congress and the United Nations, is expected to give Philadelphia's economy a $417.9 million boost, with much of the spending going to hotels and restaurants, according to the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau.



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